Rising divorce rates play a key role in the changing economic climate in America, but it’s important to recognize where they come from.

This column, published by the Dallas Morning News, pulls from research stating the various indicators and implications of more and more families who are separating due to divorce. The authors claim that the statistic show a correlation between separation and racial treatment in america. Since African American citizens still experience a wage gap, single parenthood is often higher among this group due to financial stress.

“Though few realize it, the retreat from marriage plays a central role in the changing economic landscape of American families, in race relations in America, and in the deteriorating fortunes of poor boys. In a word, the increasingly separate-and-unequal character of family life in the United States is fueling economic, racial, and gender inequality,” the author said.